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14:50 Pontefract

Good To Soft

Sky Bet Pomfret Stakes (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £28010
  • 1m 0f 6y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Sky Bet Pomfret Stakes (Listed Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1-2402 CD BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Excellent second in Group 3 at Newmarket (1m1f, good to soft) on reappearance and creditable fourth in Group 2 at Chester (extended 1m2f, soft); no show at Royal Ascot but he was back to form in four-runner Listed race at Sandown (1m2f, good) last time; big shout on those best efforts, albeit with return to 1m (even this stiff 1m) asking a question.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(2)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Poker Face

9st 6lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Has won on good ground but raced mainly on softer; beat Flight Plan on worse terms at Pontefract (1m Listed) last July then won a couple of French Group races; below-par favourite in Italy on final outing but generally progressive otherwise and remains of interest; headgear applied.

11/2

1st

3

(5)

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 1

14:50 Pontefract

Poker Face

9st 7lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Excellent second in Group 3 at Newmarket (1m1f, good to soft) on reappearance and creditable fourth in Group 2 at Chester (extended 1m2f, soft); no show at Royal Ascot but he was back to form in four-runner Listed race at Sandown (1m2f, good) last time; big shout on those best efforts, albeit with return to 1m (even this stiff 1m) asking a question.

11/4

13/2

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 51-207

Last run: 36 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won Newcastle novice (7f, AW) last November and reappeared with close Listed second there (1m, AW); down the field on soft ground in the 2,000 Guineas but he was prominent long way when beaten just over 3l in the Jersey at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm); something to prove on this ground but a strong suspicion remains that he can still step up to play a leading role at this level at some stage this season.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

8

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:55 Leopardstown

Flight Plan

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: K R Burke

made all

12/1

4/1

Form: 58-339 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; solid start for new stable when third in 1m1f Group 3 at Newmarket and 1m Listed race at Ascot this spring; below form at Royal Ascot but no surprise if he bounces straight back; wore cheekpieces on penultimate start (they return today) and blinkers on latest; no ground worries; has the form to stage a bold show.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

1

(9)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 53y

Class 2

14:05 Leicester

Raadobarg

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Suited by ground softer than good; smart performance when third of 21 in the Irish Lincolnshire on Curragh reappearance (1m, heavy) and enough in last weekend's Newbury Spring Cup seventh to think he's still in form; respected back in slightly calmer waters.

4/1

7th

1

(14)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Raadobarg

9st 12lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Suited by ground softer than good; successful in notable 1m handicaps for previous yards; 0-9 for current stable but has a fighting chance, provided he builds on Curragh reappearance effort (ran well, close third).

10/1

3rd

1

(15)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Raadobarg

10st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Won this off 7lb lower in 2022 on his seasonal debut when with Johnny Murtagh; that was on yielding but he handles heavy; no wins for this yard last term but lots of creditable runs in Listed and Group company.

8/1

Form: 025133

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Career best when winning the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm), coming from well off the pace to score cosily; 6f seemed too sharp in Group 3 next time and he kept hanging in Listed race at Chester (7f, soft) latest, but he still looks in form; player on that and the big question is over 1m, as sole attempt came when tailed off on heavy in the Lincoln this April, which is not a conclusive guide.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

(6)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Witch Hunter

9st 10lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Finished a head behind Pogo in 1m Group 2 at Sandown two weeks ago but 7f is more his trip and he may well come on plenty for that run; led inside the final 1f when winning the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last August and a repeat of that form would make him a leading contender.

4/1

5th

7

(7)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Witch Hunter

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Similar type to Pogo, being best known as a 7f performer; successful in Royal Ascot handicap and Newbury Group 2 over that distance last term; below best in races won by Poker Face on last two attempts at 1m; not the percentage call.

25/1

Form: 71-513 D BF

Last run: 78 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Further step forward this year when impressive in 1m handicap at Leicester (soft) in April; on the strength of that he was favourite for Listed race at Haydock (7f, good to soft) and ran respectably in third, outgunned in the closing stages (also lost a shoe); return to peak level would make him a serious contender.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(7)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 53y

Class 2

14:05 Leicester

Al Mubhir

9st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Comfortable winner of this race on soft ground last year; mostly respectable efforts in defeat later in 2023; gelded ahead of reappearance; should go well with ground conditions to suit.

9/4

6th

1

(9)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Al Mubhir

9st 6lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

Has won a maiden and two handicaps (at 1m); not his first placing at Listed level when a 3l third at Saint-Cloud (heavy) 19 days ago and has each-way claims in the new cheekpieces; AW debut.

5/1

OUR TIP

16/1

Form: 1712-6 D BF

Last run: 198 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Career-best form over about 1m on AW last winter, before a flop in January when last seen; refused to enter stalls on latest intended start; eight of his nine turf races were on good to firm, the other on good; bit to find on best AW form and rather more on turf form.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(6)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Kempton (AW)

Excel Power

9st 11lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

pressed leader

14/1

12th

3

(8)

9th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Excel Power

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

raced wide, midfield

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £93.00
Straight Forecast £98.40
Trifecta £259.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Poker Face

NEWMARKET:

Al Mubhir

TOPSPEED:

Witch Hunter

SPOTLIGHT:

Flight Plan

D Express:

Raadobarg

POSTDATA:

Poker Face

The Times:

Poker Face

Telegraph:

Poker Face

Daily Record:

Poker Face

The Sun:

Al Mubhir

The Star:

Al Mubhir

Daily Mirror:

Witch Hunter